So no matter where you ended up in this week’s yeah write challenge, remember why we do this in the first place: to create, to find beauty in the mundane and translate the fantastic into everyday experience.
I want to comment about comments. One of the reasons I love yeah write—and there are many, not least of which are fabulous imaginary cocktails and grilled cheese sandwiches—is because writers read and comment on each other’s work. I try to leave a comment on each piece when I’m on a grid. Not only do we contribute to building a community when we comment, we also allow ourselves to think deeply about style, metaphor, meaning, technique. We make a tacit pact to inspire each other and hone our writing skills. If you haven’t left a comment, it isn’t too late! Alternatively, you can name your favorite song in the comments section below and honor this little Easter egg.
Does that thought run through your head sometimes? Yeah, mine too. But there are good reasons to stick with it. Writing, even when it doesn’t “win,” communicates. No-one has your ideas and lived experiences but you. Once upon a time, we were unable to communicate our thoughts and experiences outside a very small community circle; now that we have the chance to share more widely, it’s both an exciting opportunity to share, and a valuable chance to learn, from the lived experience of others. Stick with it. You’re worth reading.